Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

US Marine Hall Future – Attracting Plenty of Comment

MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate use
Date: 14.08.14

US Marine Hall Future – Attracting Plenty of Comment

Consultation around the future of the US Marine Hall in Titahi Bay is attracting plenty of community feedback.

The 1942 hall has been identified as a heritage building and is the long-time base of the Porirua Little Theatre, however it has been closed by water damage and Porirua City Council alone cannot afford the restoration bill.

The Council is exploring alternative funding options, including looking for partners to help with repairing or restoring the building.

Residents are being asked for their views on what should happen if substantial funding assistance can’t be found. Should efforts be made to fund restoration of the hall anyway or should it be demolished and the reserve site used for something else?

Consultation began on July 26 and closes on September 5. After just 2 weeks of consultation around 50 responses had been received.

Deputy Mayor ‘Ana Coffey says it is important to hear from residents from across Porirua City about what they feel should be done with the building and the reserve site it is on.

“This is not just about a community hall in Titahi Bay. This is an issue for all Porirua residents and we are keen to hear your views on whether we should be investing in it further."

The hall was purpose built as a recreation hall for the Marines camped temporarily at the old Titahi Bay golf course. Although the Marines used the hall for less than a year, it has remained a community hall since.

It has historic significance as one of the few surviving structures from any of the US Marine camps in New Zealand and still has most of its original structure and fabric.

The options for its future are:

Demolition: Minimum cost of $30,000 – there are likely to be more costs associated with the Resource Management Act consenting process and rehabilitation of the reserve site,

Basic repair: $330,000 approx. This involves just enough repair work to lift the Dangerous and Insanitary notice, and to allow public use. Repairs include weather-tightness, building compliance and partial internal fit-out. Further expenditure will be required in the medium term, for example re-roofing,

Comprehensive repair/restoration: $700,000 to $820,000 for complete repair/restoration - retaining some original material.

Demolish and replace with new building: $1million plus.

To find out more and to give feedback online go to www.pcc.govt.nz (keyword US Marine Hall).

Hard copies of the discussion paper and freepost survey form are also available at the Council's main building in Cobham Court and at city libraries. Copies have also been sent to every household in Titahi Bay, To find out more contact your local Councillors, or Lisa Gooch (Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage and Environment): phone 04 237-3841 or email lgooch@pcc.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General.

“The aim of the inquiry is to learn from the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes and ensure that the Earthquake Commission is fit for purpose in future events.

“The insurance system as a whole, including EQC’s role in that system, needs to be ready to deliver services to those affected by the next big event – whenever or wherever that happens." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

Shenanigans: NZ First Accepts Jami-Lee Ross Proxy Vote

The New Zealand First caucus strongly believes that in terms of the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act, that someone in Mr Ross’ position should resign his seat... the New Zealand First Whip will use Mr Ross’ proxy–to be exercised at all times in support of the vote of the National Party... More>>

ALSO:

Call For Conversation: Do You Know What Data Is Being Collected About You?

New Zealand Maori Council has called on a national conversation when it comes to data sovereignty asking the question “just how many people know what data is being collected, why and how is it being used?” More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels